4:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Report Shows Racial Disparities Persisting in Pittsburgh Region

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald (foreground) listen as University of Pittsburgh Social Work Dean Larry Davis discusses racial disparities in the city and county. Davis is flanked by Center for Race and Social Problems coordinator Sara Berg (left) and associate director Ralph Bangs.
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“We try to be useful.”

That’s what University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Dean Larry Davis told a group assembled to hear details of a new report on racial disparity from the Center on Race and Social Problems. Davis said he hopes the data coming out of the report will be used to craft policies and programs to reduce racial disparities in education, economics, health care and other areas.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:19 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

NPR Host Interviews in 2014: Michele Norris Eavesdrops on Race

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As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back on our favorite Essential Pittsburgh stories and guests from 2014. Today we’re highlighting some of our favorite interviews with NPR personalities.

To hear the full-length audio for this story, please refer to the original post.

Last October, award-winning NPR journalist and former All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris gave a talk entitled “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race” in conjunction with the exhibit “Race: Are We So Different?” at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

In 2010, Ms. Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talked about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election and explores her own family’s racial legacy. She is currently a host and special correspondent for NPR, which inspired her talk.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:39 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

NPR Journalist Michele Norris Talks Race in America

Credit Michele Norris / Shoxclix

When award-winning NPR journalist and former All Things Considered c0-host Michele Norris released her first book "The Grace of Silence: A Memoir" in 2010, it was the beginning of a unique national conversation on race. 

On October 1st, Norris comes to Pittsburgh to give a talk entitled "Eavesdropping on America's Conversation on Race," a part of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History exhibition, "Race: Are We So Different?" She talks with us about how far we've come with that conversation on race.

Essential Pittsburgh
2:52 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Does the City's High Self-Esteem Create New Problems?

How does Pittsburgh's attitude toward itself translate to reality?
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There’s no doubting Pittsburghers take pride in their city. However, can that civic pride result in turning a blind eye to ongoing issues such as race, transportation and poverty? We pose that question to Joe Wos, executive director of the Toonseum and Chris Potter, editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper.

Read the City Paper article that inspired this segment.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:47 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Voices from the Firing Line: Jim Crowe Customs in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh students on the March to DC.
Credit National Archives Foundation

Community County of Allegheny County Professor Ralph Proctor has just released his latest book Voices from the Firing Line: A Personal Account of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement.

Written as a personal narrative, the book discusses demonstrations and the methodology of those in the movement, as well as the results they achieved. Proctor said he remembers a segregated Pittsburgh, even though he was far away from the Jim Crowe laws of the south.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:22 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History Explores Race: Are We So Different?

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Race: Are We So Different? is one of the current exhibits at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The touring exhibition examines the history of how race has been defined and its impact on our lives.

Cecile Shellman, communications and community specialist for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, said the exhibit’s long term goal is to be an “awareness building campaign, and to stamp out racism.”

“It’s just a taboo subject for some people," Shellman said. 

"Some people may lack the skills or the interest or the vocabulary or the courage to talk about race. And this exhibition really does invite people in overt and unconscious ways to talk about race. I think across the board, all of the other venues and here at the museum, we realize we’re actually helping people by encouraging that openness.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:36 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Pittsburgh Marathon Runners Can Expect a 26.2 Mile-Long Festival

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With 30,000 runners and more charities than ever before the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and its organizers are fully prepared for the race this Sunday.

Race Director Patrice Matamoros said this year there are a few additions to this year’s marathon, including the starting line. 

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Arts & Culture
3:30 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Race Tackled in New Exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit examines the issue through science, history and contemporary experience.
Credit courtesy of American Anthropological Association and Science Museum of Minnesota

A new exhibit opening at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History takes on the vast subject of race. The “Race: Are We So Different” exhibit examines the subject from several different angles.

“From the scientific angle: What is the science? What is the science involved in race? What is race? Is race real? The history of the idea of race and finally the contemporary lived experience of race.” said Cecile Shellman with the Carnegie Museum. “How is race played out, particularly in the United States of America?”

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:44 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Racial Inequality in America’s Neighborhoods

Professor Patrick Sharkey talks about his new book on neighborhoods and racial inequality
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In the new book, Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality, Dr. Patrick Sharkey, an associate professor of sociology at New York University, explores what he calls some of the most persistent forms of racial inequality.

From gaps in income to academic test scores, he looks at race and neighborhoods over multiple generations.

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3:35 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

5 Things To Know About The Great Race This Weekend

The 36th annual Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race will have runners and walkers streaming from Frick Park into downtown on Sunday. If you’re going to be in the neighborhood or racing, here are some things you should know coming into the weekend.

1) Registration is Full

This year there will be 15,500 runners and walkers participating in the race, reaching the cap organizers have set and making it the largest field for The Great Race. Also taking to the starting line will be 24 “perfect runners,” people who have ran all of the 35 past races.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:40 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

A Moment Of Peaceful Integration in 1963

Thousands gathering peacefully at the reflecting pool in Washington DC
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Greensburg native, William Severini Kowinski was 17 years old when he participated in the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom on August 28th, 1963. He had been campaigning for John F. Kennedy since the age of 15 and was inspired by Kennedy’s views on the civil rights struggle.

Kowinski went by train with a group called the Catholic Interracial Council. It was only his second train ride and his most vivid memory of the ride involved a train car packed with young people.

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5:42 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Speaker Discusses Effective Policies for Educating Young Black Males

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems hosted a program Wednesday called “A Call to Conscience:  Effective Policies and Practices in Educating African American Males.”

The keynote speaker was John Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education in Cambridge, Mass., who said research is clear that races are 99.6 percent the same genetically, so differences in educational performance must be caused by social policies and practices.

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Poverty & Learning
3:30 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Pitt to Host Summit on Race, Ethnicity, Poverty

Researchers and scholars from across the U.S. are gathering in Pittsburgh to create a network devoted to studying the issues of race and poverty.

About 30 directors of academic centers and institutions on race, ethnicity and poverty throughout the country will be attending the summit hosted by the University of Pittsburgh to begin Thursday and Friday in an effort to start dialogue and create possible collaborations between institutions aimed at battling social issues.

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